Mayor Weinberger Appoints Scot Barker as Chief Innovation Officer



January 19, 2022
Contact:  Jordan Redell


Mayor Weinberger Appoints Scot Barker as Chief Innovation Officer

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger announced today the appointment of Scot Barker as the new Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) for the City of Burlington. Scot brings more than 25 years of management and information technology experience to this role. Scot currently serves as the Manager of Support Services at NorthCountry Federal Credit Union and previously worked at MyWebGrocer for 10 years in various leadership roles.


“I am pleased to appoint Scot to serve as the City’s next CIO,” said Mayor Weinberger “Since we created the position in 2014, the CIO has played an important role in professionalizing the City’s IT systems, and improving some of the City’s critical operations including restructuring the City’s permitting system and responding to COVID-19. Scot has the right experience and commitment to Burlington to serve in this key leadership role.”


“I’m honored and excited to be appointed to the position of Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Burlington. I look forward to serving the citizens of Burlington and the city employees. I see this opportunity as a natural continuation of my past work in social impact organizations and hope to advance our technological resources to increase inclusivity and equity across our community.”



While at NorthCountry Federal Credit Union, Scot led the back-office support teams responsible for title management, credit and debit card services, and the organizational archives and data repository. He oversaw the selection and implementation of a new document management system while championing new operational initiatives and providing leadership across the organization.


In addition to 10 years at MyWebGrocer, Scot has led technology and operational groups at various companies, including IDX, Van Gennep and Scitex America and has consulted for many local, national and international organizations. Scot spent 15 years working closely with social impact organizations around the world leading him to teach a tri-sector leadership class at Marlboro College for several years. Scot currently teaches project management through Norwich University’s NorwichPro professional development program.


Scot has served in several volunteer roles in Burlington, including as a softball coach for community teams and at Burlington High School, at the Committee for Temporary Shelter (COTS), and serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit organization, Technology for Tomorrow. Scot earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri.


Scot has lived in Burlington’s New North End for 26 years with his wife Becky Holt and their daughter, Sydney, who attends college at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.


Search Process and Next Steps

The search for a CIO has been ongoing for several months, and a committee reviewed many applications from across the country. The committee included:


  • Kerin Durfee, Human Resources Director
  • Antonio Guerrero, Senior Systems Engineer
  • Scott Duckworth, Senior Network Engineer
  • Mark Barlow, City Councilor
  • Katherine Schad, Chief Administrative Officer


If confirmed by the Council on January 24, Scot will begin work on March 7, 2022.



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